Sunday, June 22, 2014

Blog Tour and Giveaway: End Times by Anna Schumacher

Today we have the pleasure of hosting the End Times Blog Tour!  Anna has graciously given us a wonderful question and answer guest post!!!  Thanks Anna!  

Don't forget to comment on this post for a chance to win a copy!!!


Carbon County, Wyoming is like a current running through Daphne’s heart.

When life gets too tough to bear in Detroit, Daphne flees to her Uncle Floyd’s home, where she believes she’ll find solace in the silent hills of her childhood summers. But Daphne’s Greyhound bus pulls over in downtown Carbon County and it’s not silence that welcomes her. It’s the sound of trumpets.

Daphne’s desire to start again in simple country comfort is instantly dashed as the townsfolk declare that the End Times are here. And incredible occurrences soon support their belief. Daphne does all she can to keep her head down and ignore the signs. She works a job at the local oil rig, helps around the house, hangs out with her pregnant cousin Janie and gets to know Owen, a mysterious motocross racer and fellow roustabout at the rig. But soon a startling discovery shatters her resolve and calls into question all her doubts and fears.
               
Daphne landed in Carbon County for a reason. She only has to read the signs—and believe

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Q&A with Anna Schumacher

What are 7 things you learned from writing your first book?
Here are 7 things I learned from writing my first book:
It is, in fact, possible to write and sell a novel while working fulltime, maintaining friendships and a relationship, and still enjoying your life. It just takes a little extra discipline, and the willingness to make the time.
Your work is only as good as the team around you. I was so fortunate to have an amazing editor, agent, and publicist who believed in the book as much as I did – sometimes more! I couldn’t have done this without them.
Nothing kills writer’s block like a hoop jam! Sometimes the only way I could get unstuck was to get up, grab my hoop, and move. 
When it comes to time, more is more. I wrote END TIMES over the course of a summer because I was super excited about the idea and wanted to get it all down before it was gone. Then everything happened so fast: Penguin bought it, and wanted it for their spring list, and all of a sudden I had to turn around two new drafts in a month! I’m really happy with the book, but there are things I would have changed if I had more time. It still bothers me that Luna eats bacon in one scene, because in Book 2 I wanted her to be a lifelong vegan!
Some days will be more productive than others. It’s important to grab the productive days by the horns and ride them as hard as you can. 
You can’t just be a writer. You also have to be a reader, a movie-watcher, a theater-goer, an occasional Netflix-binging couch potato. You have to go play outside, go dance, spend time with friends, do yoga – whatever feeds your soul besides writing. Your life becomes unbalanced if you spend all your time producing and none consuming, just as it gets out of whack if you’re always consuming without ever producing. They feed each other, and you need both to survive. 
I thought all I ever wanted was to get a book published. Now, all I want is to write and publish more! 

END TIMES synopsis
When life gets too tough to bear in Detroit, Daphne flees to her Uncle Floyd’s home, where she believes she’ll find solace in the silent hills of her childhood summers. But Daphne’s Greyhound bus pulls over in downtown Carbon County and it’s not silence that welcomes her. It’s the sound of trumpets.

Daphne’s desire to start again in simple country comfort is instantly dashed as the townsfolk declare that the End Times are here. And incredible occurrences soon support their belief. Daphne does all she can to keep her head down and ignore the signs. She works a job at the local oil rig, helps around the house, hangs out with her pregnant cousin Janie and gets to know Owen, a mysterious motocross racer and fellow roustabout at the rig. But soon a startling discovery shatters her resolve and calls into question all her doubts and fears.
Goodreads page for END TIMES: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18667788-end-times

Author bio
Anna Schumacher is an award-winning copy writer who has worked for DailyCandy, Night Agency and is currently the Associate Copy Director at Hearst Digital Media, which manages all marketing for 25 websites including seventeen.com and luckymag.com. A strategic thinker with strong digital expertise and social media fluency, Anna is a fiction writer at heart. She received an MFA in fiction writing from The New School. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and their two cats, Gus and Alexis.

Twitter: http://twitter.com/SchumacherYA

Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7341043.Anna_Schumacher
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Friday, June 20, 2014

Cover Reveal: Wild by Sophie Jordan (Ivy Chronicles #3)

I am seriously dying to read this book! I think I screamed when I found out it was going to be Georgia and Logan.  This book is going to be explosive!  I loved the 1st 2 books in this series, so if you haven't read those, now is the perfect time!  Trust me, you will thank me later!


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A good girl goes bad in the third and final book in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s sexy New Adult romance series—where three Ivy League suite-mates testing their boundaries as they seek higher knowledge of just how far they can go.

Months after her boyfriend dumped her, Georgia can still hear the insults he hurled at her. Boring. Predictable. Tame. Tired of feeling bad, she’s ready to change her image, and go a little wild. What better way to prove her ex wrong than a hot night of adventure at the secret campus kink club?

In the shadowy den of the club, she unexpectedly runs into Logan Mulvaney, her friend’s little brother. A player extraordinaire too hot for his own good, he may be younger, but the guy is light years ahead when it comes to the opposite sex. Now he’s telling her to go home-”good girls” don’t belong here!

Georgia is tired of having others define her. She’s going to teach Logan a lesson he won’t forget-one white hot, mind-wrecking kiss . . . that leads to another . . . and another . . . and. . . . Realizing she’s way in over her head, Georgia runs.

Only Logan won’t let her go. Everywhere she goes he’s there, making her want every inch of him. Making her forget who she is. Who he is. And just how wrong they are for each other.

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Sophie Jordan is an international and New York Times bestselling author whose books include historical romances and the Firelight series. When she’s not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-television shows. She lives in Houston.


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Blog Tour: Mortal Enchantment by Stacey O'Neale Interview & Giveaway

Interview with Stacey O'Neale

  1. What draws you to the paranormal genre?
I'm an avid reader of YA and adult paranormal romance. I try to read a book a week. For me, reading is an escape. When my life gets overwhelming,  I like to disappear inside a new world. It's easy to do that with paranormal. I also love the swoony men that tend to run rapid in these worlds. ;-p

  1. How did you come up with the idea for the MORTAL ENCHANTMENT series?

I was researching faeries when I kept coming across the word elemental. I googled the name and happened to stumble upon the sixteenth century works of an alchemist named Paracelsus. He identified the four types of elementals, even giving them names. My brain started spinning with ideas, and eventually, the characters came to life. 

  1. What scene was your favorite to write in MORTAL ENCHANTMENT?

Chapter Twenty. I had that scene in my head even before I knew how the book would end. It's very swoon-worthy. I think readers will enjoy it.

  1. What was the hardest scene to write in MORTAL ENCHANTMENT?
It's difficult to answer this without giving anything away. I will say there's a scene where a character thinks they are about to uncover something big, but it ends up crashing and burning in their face. It was tough to write because the character feels completely responsible.
  1. Why did you decide to give the prequel novella, THE SHADOW PRINCE, away for FREE?
Because I'm a new author, I thought I would get more readers to give it a chance if it were free. I hope they fall in love with Rowan the way I have and want to know more about his role in the series. I also thought it would be fun to introduce Kalin (my series heroine) through his eyes.
  1. Can you tell us a little bit about Rowan?
Rowan is the heir to the fire court throne. He is a powerful elemental who's spent most of his life away from the court. He's got tons of family drama, but also good friends who help him through it. At times he can be a bit arrogant as most princes are, but he's also thoughtful and loyal to the people he loves.
  1. Who are some of your favorite authors?
I have a list of what I call my auto-buys. I will read anything by these authors: Gena Showalter, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Richelle Mead, Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, and Melissa Marr.
  1. What are you working on next?
I'd like to finish the first book in an adult science fiction romance series I started last year. I'm about halfway there. Afterwards, I have to write the second book in the MORTAL ENCHANTMENT series called FRAGILE REIGN. Needless to say, 2014 will be a busy year for me.
  1. What do you normally like to read when not writing?

On the YA side, I read a TON of paranormal, urban fantasy, and science fiction. When I'm reading adult, I like contemporary, fantasy, and paranormal. Please don't ask me for a favorite because I don’t think I can choose just one. ;-)

  1. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

      1. Read a lot. Write a lot. You can't have one without the other. It sounds simple, but it's really true.
      2. Quit making excuses. If you want to be a writer, be one. If you really want it, it won't happen without a ton of effort. Oh, and never give up!

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Mortal Enchantment

“Mortal Enchantment spins a unique twist on elemental mythology. This series is not to be missed.” Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
In Kalin Matthew's world, elementals control the forces of nature. They are divided into four courts: air, woodland, fire, and water. At sixteen she will leave the life she's built with her mortal mother. Kalin will move to Avalon to rule with her father—the elemental king of the air court. Along the way, she's attacked by a fire court assassin and saved by Rowan, a swoon-worthy elemental with a questionable past.
Worst of all, she learns her father is missing.
To rescue him, Kalin will have to work with a judgmental council and a system of courts too busy accusing each other of deceit to actually be able to help her. But, they aren’t her biggest challenge. With the Midwinter’s Ball only five days away, Kalin must take over her father’s duties, which includes shifting control of the elements—power Kalin has yet to realize.
As Rowan attempts to train her, a war looms between the four courts. If Kalin fails, her father will die and the courts will fall, but the betrayal she’s about to uncover may cost her even more...


Available Exclusively at Amazon eBook for $2.99 and Paperback for $8.99

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If you haven't read THE SHADOW PRINCE, you can download if NOW for FREE from Amazon and Barnes and Noble!!!

The Shadow Prince

Every sacrifice has consequences. Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals—learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission: Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king. Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he's capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?
Available for FREE on Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes and Noble
Also available in PRINT from Amazon

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Stacey O'Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she's not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter. Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing. Stacey loves hearing from readers. Follow her on Twitter @StaceyONeale, look for her on Facebook, Pinterest, and GoodReads. You can also visit her blog at http://staceyoneale.com/.

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Monday, June 9, 2014

My Last Kiss Blog Tour Guest Post: Top 10 Fictional Crushes

Hi everyone, today we have the pleasure of hosting the Blog Tour for Bethany Neal's book, My Last Kiss. Bethany has been so gracious to give us her list of TOP 10 FICTIONAL CRUSHES!!!!!  The YA Sisterhood especially loves her #1 Choice!!!!!


What if your last kiss was with the wrong boy?

Cassidy Haines remembers her first kiss vividly. It was on the old covered bridge the summer before her freshman year with her boyfriend of three years, Ethan Keys. But her last kiss--the one she shared with someone at her seventeenth birthday party the night she died--is a blur. Cassidy is trapped in the living world, not only mourning the loss of her human body, but left with the grim suspicion that her untimely death wasn't a suicide as everyone assumes. She can't remember anything from the weeks leading up to her birthday and she's worried that she may have betrayed her boyfriend.

If Cassidy is to uncover the truth about that fateful night and make amends with the only boy she'll ever love, she must face her past and all the decisions she made--good and bad--that led to her last kiss.

Bethany Neal's suspenseful debut novel is about the power of first love and the haunting lies that threaten to tear it apart

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Bethany's Fictional Crushes

Top 10 Fictional Crushes – YA Sisterhood

10. Louis (Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice):
Anne Rice invented tall, dark, and brooding when she wrote Louis de Pointe du Lac. Doesn’t hurt that he’s played by a young, icy-eyed Brad Pitt in the movie adapt either.


9. Joe (The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson): He’s one of the few crushes I have that would actually work in real life. He could play me songs on his horn and we could cuddle away entire days in that bed in the forest. So much sigh for this boy in this effervescent book.

8. Rio (Jem TV show):

I know most of you are too young to know about Jem and the Holograms, but this was by far and wide my favorite 80s cartoon about a music biz exec, Jerrica Benton, who transforms via hologram earrings (I know, right!) into the international superstar lead singer Jem. This double life of awesomeness leads to the world’s most complicated love triangle ever because Jerrica’s main man, Rio Pacheco, also has a crush on Jem—who is actually still Jerrica. It’s a head scratcher, but he has purple hair, so we overlook the minor detail that he’s cheating on his girlfriend…with his girlfriend.

7. Ruby (Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma): I’m an equal opportunist when it comes to crushes, and there’s nothing wrong with a good healthy hetero-girl crush. Chloe may be the narrator, but her saucy older sis, Ruby, steals the show in the novel. Girl loves fiercely and is willing to trade a life for those she loves—literally—but, man oh man, is she magic!

6. Jay Gatsby (The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald):
Oh, Gatsby. You asked too much of your flighty paramour Daisy Buchanan, but our love will shine brighter than her briny green light ever could. 


5. Bruce Wayne (Batman): He’s frickin’ Batman, people! And rich and dangerous and has terrible taste in women. We’re meant to be.

4. Adam Wilde (If I Stay/Where She Went by Gayle Forman): Rockstar: check. Famous and tormented: double check. Dedicated to loving you no matter what as long as you stay safe: big world tour of love-sized swoony check.

3. Edward Cullen (The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer):
I wonder what it would feel like to kiss him on a sunny day on a private beach in the Caribbean with his sparkles washing over my tanned skin… I’m sorry, what were we talking about?


2. Romeo (Romeo and Juliet  by William Shakespeare): Of course, I have a very specific image of my Romeo, and it is Leo DiCaprio in 1996 wearing that untucked suit, smoking as he scribbles all the feels in his journal underneath the Grove of Sycamore, pining over his ex, Rosaline. I shall make thee forget, smexy sir.  I shall make thee forget.


  1. Angel (Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV show):
Louis may have founded the brooding business that is hunky vampires with a conscience, but Angel turned that billowy trench coat startup into a world-wide enterprise. I’m actually so in love with Angel that I hate David Boreanaz (the actor that played him). He’s on Bones now and not telling Buffy “in 243 years I’ve loved exactly one person.” It’s a crime. A crime I tell you!




Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. It spotlights books that have not yet been released, but ones that you should pre-order today! This week's book that we are anxiously awaiting is ZAC AND MIA by A.J. Betts.  It will be released September 2, 2014 from HMH Books for Young Readers.

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The last person Zac expects in the room next door is a girl like Mia, angry and feisty with questionable taste in music. In the real world, he wouldn’t—couldn’t—be friends with her. In hospital different rules apply, and what begins as a knock on the wall leads to a note—then a friendship neither of them sees coming.

You need courage to be in hospital; different courage to be back in the real world. In one of these worlds Zac needs Mia. And in the other Mia needs Zac. Or maybe they both need each other, always.

Yeah, I'm getting shades of The Fault in Our Stars, too! But the first chapter really rocks, and the voice of this book is so different. And if you need proof that this book isn't a wannabe follower of that other bestseller, this one won an Australian Literary award in 2012.

I, for one, can't wait.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

YA Book Giveaway!!! Hosted by Martina Boone, Author of Compulsion




We want to thank Martina Boone for hosting this giveaway!!!!  Be sure to add her upcoming book, Compulsion, to your Goodreads To Read  List!!!!!  The giveaway runs to the end of June.



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Monday, June 2, 2014

Blog Tour Review and Giveaway: Dark Metropolis by Jaclyn Dolamore


Today we have the pleasure to host the blog tour for Jaclyn Dolamore's new book, Dark Metropolis!  Be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post.


Cabaret meets Cassandra Clare-a haunting magical thriller set in a riveting 1930s-esque world.

Sixteen-year-old Thea Holder's mother is cursed with a spell that's driving her mad, and whenever they touch, Thea is chilled by the magic, too. With no one else to contribute, Thea must make a living for both of them in a sinister city, where danger lurks and greed rules.
Thea spends her nights waitressing at the decadent Telephone Club attending to the glitzy clientele. But when her best friend, Nan, vanishes, Thea is compelled to find her. She meets Freddy, a young, magnetic patron at the club, and he agrees to help her uncover the city's secrets-even while he hides secrets of his own.

Together, they find a whole new side of the city. Unrest is brewing behind closed doors as whispers of a gruesome magic spread. And if they're not careful, the heartless masterminds behind the growing disappearances will be after them, too.

Perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare, this is a chilling thriller with a touch of magic where the dead don't always seem to stay that way.

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Dark Metropolis was one of those books that immediately caught my eye (while I was book stalking on Goodreads of course).  The cover was so provocative and alluring, and then I read the synopsis.  This book sounded new and exciting, and I couldn't wait to get my hands on it.  The 3 things that drew me in,  you ask?

1.) A world with good and bad magic (I love paranormal!)

2.) The Telephone Club--sounds like something right out of the 20s (my favorite decade)

3.) Freddy--magnetic and mysterious with secrets to hide....love!

Jaclyn's world is gritty and spell-binding, and I found myself turning the pages faster and faster.  Just like it's cover, Dark Metropolis is beautiful and haunting.

I love that this book doesn't get weighed down in history.  It has just enough to introduce you to their world and the past that led them to the current underground revolution.  I don't like getting bogged down in the details; I much prefer to get to know the characters more intensely.  As a result, the pacing was well-done.  I didn't find myself bored, double checking when the chapter was going to end.  On the contrary, I didn't want to stop reading--even when I needed to!

I really (I mean really) loved the Telephone Club, and I do wish we could have seen more of what really goes on in dark corners of the club.  It was by far the most interesting setting in the book, and I found myself waiting to get further and further into it's lavishness.

Jaclyn did a good job of switching from one character's setting to the next, but I do wish that there were fewer characters that we had to follow so intensely.  There were times when I felt like there were too many characters that she focused on (not too many to keep up with), and at times it made the book feel disjointed. I wish that somehow the stories could have been told with more connection.

And finally, the romance.  The romance progressed pretty slowly, and I do wish that it would have had more passion.  This world was so well built and so intoxicating that the romance just didn't live up to what was going on everywhere else.  I almost wish this were written as a NA as I think there could have been some amazing romance that really makes you swoon.

Overall, this was a great book and a welcome change from what we see everyday in the YA genre.  I will definitely be reading more of Jaclyn Dolamore!!!

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